In recent times of survival blogs, the number of people who want to remain all-prepared to survive any kind of life-threatening situation is increasing at a fast pace. Survivalists are always hungry for the newest and most effective ways which can save their lives in testing times. However, you must remember that believing and acting upon the wrong survival information can put your life in potential danger. So let’s take a look at the most absurd survival myths and how they can endanger your life.
Finding Food Should Be Your First Priority
No, it shouldn’t be. The natural fat reserves of your body can allow you to survive for weeks without food! In case of a natural disaster or any other life-threatening situation, you’re more likely to die from exposure, injury, illness, attack, or poisoning. But you won’t die from starvation in extreme survival situations. So put your efforts and energies into resolving other important issues first.
If you’re stuck In the Desert, You Must Find Water by Any Means!
Finding water is surely important to survive in a desert. However, we advise you not to panic and run around in the scorching sun in search for water. Retaining your body’s water should be your priority. Excessive sweating and direct exposure of sunlight can kill you within 4 to 5 hours, whereas, if you stay in the shade and reserve your body’s moisture, you can actually survive for two days without water. So go water-hunting during the nighttime only!
You Can Outrun a Lion or a Bear
No, you can’t! These animals run at a speed of up to 30mph which is actually faster than the speed of Usain Bolt, even if you can run like him. So don’t ever attempt to outrun these animals. Carry bear spray and try to hide in such situations. Climbing trees is also a good option.
Sucking the Venom Out Of a Snake Bite Can Save Your Life
The University of Arizona conducted clinical trials and revealed that sucking a venomous bite actually helps in further spreading the venom in your body. Also, compression kits and ice will worsen the bite. The best option is to bandage the wound and try to find immediate medical aid.
You Should Move to a Higher Altitude If It’s Chilly on the Valley Floor
It’s true that if you go to higher ground, there’ll be a few degrees’ increase in the temperature because of the inversion layers. However, it’s not a clever choice because higher altitudes have chilly winds too. Also, it’s immensely difficult to start fires there.
Alcohol Consumption Can Keep You Warm and Alive
This is literally a disastrous approach for survival. First of all, alcohol only makes you feel warmer while it actually decreases your natural body temperature. Secondly, excessive alcohol consumption will make your mind go numb and you might even slip into unconsciousness.
If an Earthquake Strikes, Stand In a Doorway
This approach doesn’t work for every kind of building. Older buildings had very strong and secure doorways. However, we can’t say the same about modern architecture. The best option is to search for a staircase and hide under it. Or to find strong furniture like a big wooden table and take cover. Also, cover your head with your hands to avoid head injury.
When Stuck In a Frozen Area, Eating Snow Can Keep You Hydrated
Try to melt the snow beforehand and then drink it. Directly eating snow will exhaust your body as your body continuously applies energy to melt this snow into liquid. You could also heat the snow with a flashlight, if you have a high powered Shadowhawk x800. These are one of the most highly rated survival tools on the market.
You Can Punch a Shark in the Nose
While a well-directed punch in the shark’s nose will probably send it away, it’s more likely that your hand will end up right in its mouth. Hence, in case of a shark attack, it’s better to hit its gills or eyes.
Watching Different Survival Shows Can Save Your Life
Always remember, the adventurous survival shows like Man vs. Wild are highly fictitious and scripted. They majorly focus on the entertainment factor and TRPs. So don’t watch these shows for the purpose of learning effective and real survival techniques.
You Simply Need Two Sticks to Start a Fire
Starting a fire is not that simple. You also need a fire board and kindling along with sticks to start a fire. In extremely cold and windy situations, you’ll also need a top-rock and string to make a fire-bow. The best way is to always have a stock of storm-proof matches with you. Some of the top tactical flashlights are equipped with fire starters which can be a life saver.
In Case Of Bleeding, Use a Tourniquet
Tourniquets can surely save lives. But always use them as the last option when you’re almost sure of losing a limb without it. Also, once you’ve applied it, don’t ever remove it on your own as it may release harmful toxins directly into your bloodstream which can initiate blood poisoning. You must also remember the exact time of application of a tourniquet as the doctors will require this information for correct treatment of your wound.
If Impaled By a Sharp Object, Pull It Out Right Away
It’s a spontaneous human reaction to pull out an impaled object as soon as possible. However, it’s never beneficial. Pulling out an impaled object makes your wound bleed out faster and the hemorrhage gets worse. You can simply bleed to death if you can’t find immediate held to stop the bleeding. Hence, the best option is to address the area surrounding the wound and look for medical aid.
When Making a Shelter, It’s the Roof That Matters The Most
Most of the people worry about the roof while building a shelter. However, it’s the ground that holds utmost importance. Secure bedding is far more important than a roof over your head. You should be focusing on creating a bed that’ll save you from the harms of insect bites, moisture, and thorns. So don’t waste your limited resources in creating a roof first. Once, you’ve successfully created a bed, focus on the roof.
Boiling Water Is Safe To Drink
The heat destroys the bacteria and other microbes. However, the dirt and muck require filtration. The best way is to filter the water by making a makeshift filtration system using a fabric or shirt, then boil the water and drink it.
We hope that this useful information helps you in surviving the toughest of times!